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Myspace has 'quarters' to turn its numbers around

Myspace has “quarters, not … years” to turn its traffic trajectory around, News Corp.’s COO Chase Carey told investors, according to USA Today. While News Corp. didn’t release specific numbers, “the category in News Corp.’s financial report that’s dominated by Myspace lost $156 million in the quarter that ended in September vs. a loss of $126 million in the same period last year, on revenues of $298 million, down 25.5 percent.”

The onetime behemoth of social networking recently launched a redesign, attempting to reposition itself as a “social entertainment” site, geared more strictly to a younger audience. It still reaches a worldwide audience of 95 million users a month, and a U.S. audience of 43 million visitors per month.

Eli Roth set to produce 'Psycho Killer'

Eli Roth and Eric Newman are set to produce Psycho Killer, an “elevated, uncompromised, R-rated thriller,” Roth told Variety. The film follows a masked murderer who eventually kills a highway patrolman; “the only witness, the patrolman’s young wife — also an officer — sets out to hunt the killer down.” Andrew Kevin Walker, who wrote Seven, wrote the screenplay, and producer Gavin Polone is set to make his directorial debut. Roth and Newman previously collaborated on The Last Exorcism.

DirecTV drops G4

DirecTV will not carry G4 anymore after negotiations between the satellite provider and G4’s parent company, Comcast, ended Sunday. “At this time we are no longer negotiating and we have no plans to put G4 back up,” a DirecTV rep said in an e-mail. “We are constantly evaluating our lineup in a new world where programming costs continue to rise at significant rates. Since G4 is among the lowest rated networks based on the latest Nielsen data, we decided that it made sense to focus on preserving programming that is more relevant to our larger customer base.”

According to a statement from G4, “We have been trying to engage DirecTV in fair and reasonable discussions to continue to carry G4. G4 offered DirecTV the same basic deal we have had for the past three years. However they still plan to drop the network and deny G4 fans the only network that focuses on the popular gaming lifestyle.”

G4 is best known for Attack of the Show, its popular gamer-oriented series which launched Olivia Munn‘s career. It also airs Web Soup and Ninja Warrior.

TLC renews 'Sister Wives'

TLC is renewing its polygamist reality series Sister Wives for a second season. It will return for 10 more episodes in March, in addition to the already announced Sister Wives Special on Oct. 31. There will also now be a Sister Wives Honeymoon Special on Nov. 28. [Hollywood Reporter]

Fox sued over 'My Parents Are Gonna Love You'

Fox is being sued over the upcoming reality show My Parents Are Gonna Love You, which will feature average people bringing home celebrity love interests to meet their parents in elaborate pranks. It was originally said to be based on a concept from a French company Banijay Entertainment, but now a company called Morabito Picture Company has filed a complaint in a district court in California claiming that the concept was  theirs from a 2001 Italian show called Indovina Chi Viene Cena (Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner). They’re alleging that Banijay misappropriated the format for their French show Mes Parents Vont T’Adorer! and then licensed the concept for multiple international versions. Fox, Banijay, and the production company behind the American version are named in the suit.

'The Bourne Legacy' coming in August 2012

The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the action thriller series, will open in theaters on Aug. 3, 2012, Universal announced today. That’s a mere 644 days from now, so mark your calendars accordingly.

The Bourne Identity was released in the middle of June 2002, The Bourne Supremacy at the end of July 2004, and The Bourne Ultimatum the first weekend in August 2007. Each film grossed more money at the box-office than its predecessor, but that feat will be tested by the fact that Matt Damon will not star in Legacy.

Paula Abdul's 'Live to Dance' premiere set; will compete with 'American Idol'

Live to Dance, CBS’ new Paula Abdul-led dance reality contest series will debut with a two-hour episode on Tuesday Jan. 4 — and then air opposite American Idol on Wednesday nights. (The show will broadcast live beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12.) Live to Dance features 18 dancers from “all styles, backgrounds and ages” competing for a $500,000 prize. Abdul, Travis Payne, and Kimberly Wyatt will serve as the “panel of experts,” according to CBS’s statement, and Andrew Günsberg will host.

Read more:
Paula Abdul discusses her new show, the ‘American Idol’ judges, and whether she’ll reunite with Simon on ‘The X-Factor’
Paula Abdul’s ‘Live to Dance’ reveals panel and host

Daniel Craig's 'Dragon Tattoo' schedule delays 'Dream House'

The release date of director Jim Sheridan’s thriller Dream House will be delayed because of conflicts with star Daniel Craig’s The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo shoot. Dream House–also starring Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts–was due to premiere on Feb. 18, but production company Morgan Creek needs additional reshoots. Craig, who’s starring in David Fincher’s English-language version of Dragon Tattoo, wouldn’t be available for them until the first two weeks in December when he got a break from Dragon–too late for Dream House to make the Feb. 18 date. Morgan Creek and studio Universal are now looking at new dates in 2011. [Variety]

'Inferno' director says movie will go forward after Lindsay Lohan's rehab stint

The L.A. Times talked to Matthew Wilder, the director of Inferno, the Linda Lovelace biopic that Lindsay Lohan is set to star in. Lohan was just ordered by an L.A. court to remain at the Betty Ford rehab center until Jan. 3. Wilder said the two had discussed casting of the film and that he still plans to start filming in Los Angeles after Lohan’s release in January. He hopes to have shooting completed before her next court date on Feb. 25. He said, “The corollary to all of this is that when you have stuff like this going on, it makes you want to dive into work more, rather than wallowing in the bad.”

Eric McCormack in talks for TNT pilot

Eric McCormack, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Will on Will & Grace, is in talks to star in TNT’s upcoming series Perception, sources confirm. The show, from Star Trek: Voyager writers Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman, follows an eccentric neurosurgeon who helps federal investigators solve complex cases.

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